Podcasting is a funny thing. To me, it seems to be one of the most crucial media outlets we have today, right next to blogging in terms of democratizing media. It may not be as popular as twitter and other social media outlets, but it does allow for newly generated content to be distributed in new and interesting ways. Its an incredibly democratizing factor for media at a time when the world needs it the most due to massive centralization of media outlets.
Why I podcast, is something I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now. At first, I think it was to get a chance to talk to people in the occult world, and try to figure out what they were talking about. My education previously was oriented towards western philosophy and eastern mysticism/philosophy. Coming into this western world of magic and alchemy, I was pretty confused and wanted to figure it out. The second part, was to try to meet people in the real world doing the work, and connect with them on a few levels that I wasn’t connecting with my friends on. Education and connection, I suppose were my primary goals. Offering this content to the general public seems to me to be a necessary side effect of my desire to connect with authors and semi prolific personalities in the field.
Goals… Its funny that I haven’t thought formally of a goal for my show until over a year into it. Recently when I was interviewed for the Occult of Personality podcast, I came up with “getting people to challenge their belief systems” as an answer. This is cliche but I mean it.
In the next few weeks, I’ll try to come up with some sort of answer for myself on why I podcast and goals I have for the show.